Robot Soldiers

May 09, 2015



Disclaimer: This list is NOT all inclusive. US Special Operations have dozens of firearms at their disposal. This list is just a sampling and is arranged in NO particular order.

     FN SCAR

The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for "light", is chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for "heavy", fires 7.62×51mm NATO. Both are available in Long Barrel and Close Quarters Combat variants.

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

Pictured Above: FN MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR)
Cartridge
  • 5.56×45mm NATO(SCAR-L)
  • 7.62×51mm NATO(SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity
  • SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) (M855)
  • SCAR-L: 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) (Mk 262)
  • SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) (M80)
Effective firing range
  • SCAR-L: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 500 m (550 yd) (Standard), 600 m (660 yd) (Long)
  • SCAR-H: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 600 m (660 yd) (Standard), 800 m (870 yd) (Long)
Feed system
  • SCAR-L: STANAG box magazine
  • SCAR-H/SSR: 20-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights or various optics

FULL FN SCAR SPECS HERE

 

  Words by Warrior Actual.

With the continuing reduction in the physical number of Armed Forces members, leaders are looking at the possibility of robot replacements.  Military numbers continue to decrease because of budget cuts. By the year 2019 the Army is expected to go from approximately 500,000 active-duty soldiers to around 420,000 active-duty soldiers if the sequester remain in effect.

 

Even though budget cuts for the military are happening across the board including a decrease of funds by one third to research and development for unmanned systems, the inventory of such systems is anticipated to increase beginning in 2016. The goal is to make up for the loss of physical soldiers and create a safer environment for the remaining military members to perform their job.  The need for unmanned ground systems is great even though the budget is geared more towards unmanned air systems currently funded at $4.1 billion and $330 million for maritime systems leaving only $13 million for ground systems.

These ground systems will be developed to perform a number of tasks including those such as carrying supplies alongside troops, defusing bombs and securing pathways ahead of advancing troops.  One company, the IRobot Corporation is already supplying infantry troops and explosive ordnance disposal technicians with unmanned ground robot systems including the PackBot, The SUGV and the FirstLook.  Hopefully these ground units will provide necessary security and protection that the active-duty soldiers rely on, while at the same time performing dangerous and deadly tasks previously performed by soldiers preventing unnecessary loss.

 

What do you think? Can robots, either guided or self roaming, ever take the place of a human soldier?